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Butterfly

Monarch on Leaf

In the garden’s shade
on a commonplace leaf, a
wondrous butterfly,
whose delicate wings yet sends
it fluttering through the air!

*Good luck to everyone participating in the A-Z April Challenge! See you next year. 🙂

 

Posted for the Daily Prompt: Contrast
Photo: ©2011 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved
Tanka: ©2016 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Resetting the Dial

Oahu, HI

In line we jostle
in green-eyed hustle,
striving for the next rung –
a discontented crowd
with feelings stored in a cloud.

Is this life?
This constant strife?
No!
Let’s step down
onto solid ground.

And sit awhile,
resetting the dial
to another space –
a peaceful penury
all the richer if you’re with me.

Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Keeping up with the Jones’

 

Photo ©2014 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved
Poem ©2016 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Wrought Iron Shadows

The noon sun blazes,
and all hide under shadows,
but the wrought iron
instead reveals its facets
in intricate defiance.

 

Posted for the Daily Prompt: In the Summertime
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Sunset and Dolphins

Sun rose gloriously,
coloring the world vivid,
but, setting, deprived
sky and sea a brilliance – light
singly tied to future’s rise.

 

Loosely inspired by the Daily Prompt: Turn, Turn, Turn
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

The weathered bench sits
empty in a garden crowd,
drawing only shadows.

Very (very) loosely inspired by the Daily Prompt: It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

My mirror lies constantly;
who’s that lady reflected?
That’s not me!
With the gray strands
and the oval face
more my mom’s than mine.
Yes, my mirror lies
for in amber light,
I see the me I remember.

Posted for and very loosely inspired by the Daily Prompt: The Clothes (May) Make the (Wo)man
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

 

Sometimes footsteps echo along
the stretch of road in somber song
and, when faded, is all the more profound
for soon the sound in other noises drowns.
But for a few, with ears attuned, the cadence
still rings and so today bow in obeisance.

 

Posted for and loosely inspired by the Daily Prompt: Linger
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Through Locked Gates

Passing through locked gates,
casting shadows as it lights,
Evening shimmers.

 

Posted for the Daily Prompt: Journey
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Where Will You Be Tomorrow?

        Where will you be tomorrow?
        When the clap clap clap
        of the train on the track
        dwindles
        into monotony
        and the exciting bend
        beyond the horizon
        comes and goes
        will you sit still
        in the same seat
        or move to the next
        car and lean out
        the open window,
        smiling
        as the bugs hit your teeth?

Loosely inspired by and posted for the Daily Prompt: Tagline
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

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